DAVID CITY – In a match that saw a little bit of everything, the Aquinas Monarchs came back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Scotus Shamrocks on Tuesday night.
The rivalry match lived up to the hype early on, as both teams went back-and-forth in the first set, which ended with a 30-28 Scotus victory. The Shamrocks continued their momentum with a 25-20 win in the second set to go up 2-0 on the Monarchs.
The Monarchs fell behind early in the third set, but were able to battle their way back following some Shamrock miscues to win the set 25-20. From there, Aquinas took complete control of the match in the fourth set, claiming a 25-17 victory in a dominant team performance to tie the match at 2-2.
The Monarchs would come out swinging in the deciding fifth set, jumping out to a 6-1 lead before the Shamrocks took a timeout. With the entire team fired up, and a raucous student section behind them, the Monarchs increased the lead to 11-1, leading to another Shamrock timeout.
Form there, the Monarchs were able to complete their comeback in the fifth set, and ultimately took the victory 15-4, and earned the 3-2 match win. Top performers for the Monarchs included Natalie Semin, Larissa Sellers, Micaiah Vrbka, and Kloe Ruth in a true team effort for coach Jody Pelan’s team.
The loss snapped a 7-match win streak for the Shamrocks, who fell to 9-3 on the year with the loss, and the Monarchs improved to 6-2 with the win. The Shamrocks will return home on Thursday night to face Grand Island Central Catholic, while the Monarchs will next compete on September 20 at home against Friend.
SCOTUS (9-3) 30 25 20 17 4 – 2
AQUINAS (6-2) 28 20 25 25 15 – 3